Grand Bank Lions celebrate 65th charter anniversary
It all started with 35 people and a vision, Grand Bank Lions Club member Carl Rose said.
“What they saw was the urgent need for a service club in the area, a group that would provide services that otherwise would probably not be fulfilled,” he said.
The Grand Bank-Fortune Lions Club formed on Oct. 23, 1951. Later on, a new club was established in Fortune, sponsored by the Grand Bank Lions.
The organization gathered to celebrate its 65th charter anniversary Nov. 26.
The Grand Bank group’s influence spurred the growth of Lionism in the region, said Rose, who was chairman and emcee for the event.
Clubs in St- Pierre- Miquelon, St. Lawrence, Harbour Breton and Garnish were also sponsored by the Grand Bank Lions, he pointed out.
Lions N4 district governor Sam Wells of the St. John’s Lions Club was on hand as guest speaker for the evening.
Wells said his theme for the year, “Get Back to Basics,” is about Lions doing what they used to do years ago – being visible in the community.
“Now what’s happening is that we depend on the almighty dollar to get publicity. That doesn’t always work,” he said.
Wells said this coming May 6 has been identified as a day every Lions Club in the district will get out and do a community project.
Wells presented three members of Grand Bank Lions with chevrons from Lions Clubs International in recognition of their service during his comments.
Allister Buffett has 55 years of service, while Lewis Payne has reached 40 years and Lance Blackmore has been a member for 25 years.
Awards presented during the Grand Bank Lions Club’s 65th charter anniversary included (from left) Walt Baker, Judge Brian Stevenson Fellowship; Judy Parsons, Life Membership (Lions Foundation of Canada); Carl Rose, Melvin Jones Fellowship; Harriett Savoury, Life Membership (Lions Clubs International); Bernice Drake, Life Membership (Lions Clubs International); and Lions N4 district governor Sam Wells.
Patsy Curtis, representing Bonavista-Burin-Trinity MP Judy Foote, presented Grand Bank Lions Club president Charles Savoury with a plaque in recognition of the group’s 65th anniversary.
Lance Blackmore (left) and Lewis Payne were presented with chevrons from Lions Clubs International in recognition of their service. Blackmore has 25 years of service while Payne has been a member for 40 years. Allister Buffett, who was unable to attend the event, was also recognized for 55 years of service.